Palawan Daily News - - Front Page - By Kia Jo­hanna Lamo

The court granted yes­ter­day, Oc­to­ber 4, Vice Mayor Luis Marcaida III’s mo­tion to bail while fac­ing crim­i­nal charges for il­le­gal drugs, pos­ses­sion of ex­plo­sive de­vice and il­le­gal pos­ses­sion of firearms.

Elmer Zita, spokesper­son of the Marcaida, said that there is a big pos­si­bil­ity of Marcaida’s lib­erty to­day, Oc­to­ber 5.

He said that the re­lease is be­ing pro­cessed and be­lieves that Marcaida will be set free to­day af­ter the process is done.

“Mo­tion to bail is served for him to en­joy his tem­po­rary lib­erty while the case is in progress,” he said.

Zita fur­ther said that while Marcaida is on his tem­po­rary free­dom from de­ten­tion he is able to per­form his func­tion as the vice mayor.

“What is very prov­i­dent is that while the case is be­ing heard he can en­joy his lib­erty… He can per­form his func­tions as man­dated as the Vice Mayor in the City of Puerto Princesa,” he ex­plained.

The spokesper­son noted that Marcaida’s bail might not only put him back as the vice mayor but might even make him the mayor since the “sus­pen­sion” or dis­missal of city mayor Lu­cilo Bay­ron is still ex­ist­ing.

“Hindi lang baka mayor pa kasi there is what we call sus­pended an­i­ma­tions. Pero even­tu­ally he is the right­ful vice mayor,” he said.

Zita added that Marcaida, even with his case still pend­ing, will also be able to file his cer­tifi­cate of can­di­dacy for the up­com­ing election. “Yes, able na able (to run for election) even if he is in jail,” he said.

Zita also said that it is for Marcaida to an­nounce if he is go­ing to run but he be­lieves that many peo­ple are in fa­vor for him to sit as an elected of­fi­cial as he said that this is the time for the de­prived to rise.

“It’s for him to an­nounce. I think the peo­ple is in fa­vor for him to sit on elec­tive of­fice, lalo na yung nanini­wala sa kanila, yung nananam­palataya at may sim­patya, ito na yung pana­hon para yung pag ban­gon ng api ay ma­hayag at malalan­tad sa ating kabayanan,” Zita said.

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